Here's chapter 7 of my Crash Bandicoot story, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Adventure! In this chapter, Crash, Jake, and their friends stumble upon a waterfall and a rocky hill possibly with crystals scattered on the top. Also, Jake and Aku Aku stumble upon a secret passage containing a very special gem. Also further up is one of the crew's first of many villains they have to face, and it's a certain blue crazy kangaroo.
As the group traveled further upstream, they eventually came across a large cascading waterfall. It was a massive yet beautiful sight, with rocky cliffs, tunnels, caves, and cliffs, and water either sprayed or rained down them as the group stared at it in awe. "Woah," both Crash and Jake said as they beheld the large waterfall. "This is where I sense more of the crystals." Aku Aku said as he looked at the falls, "Up there." "You mean, all the way up there?" Crunch said as he started to feel butterflies in his stomach. "Is there somethings wrong Crunch?" Coco asked. "I uh," Crunch said, but paused as he rubbed his arm up and down and gulped. "I'm, afraid, of heights." "Aw Crunch," Tawna said, "It's okay." "Yeah buddy," Jake added trying to comfort him, "We'll still be low to the ground, just....high up." "I don't know about this," Crunch said, "It looks like a long way down from up there." Then Crash patted his back and spoke gibberish to tell him everything was going to be alright. "Don't worry Crunch," Coco said comforting him, "We'll be up there with you." "Of course Crunch." Aku Aku, "And always remember one thing." "What's that?" Crunch asked. "Don't look down.......or up." Aku Aku answered.
Soon enough, they started to make their way up the rocks with Coco going first, Crash and Jake in second, Crunch in third, Tawna in fourth, and Polar and Pura following closely behind them. Aku Aku meanwhile floated with them making sure the crew was safe from harm. As they scaled up the rocks, Crunch inched his way there while repeating, "Don't look down or up, down't look down or up, don't look down or up, don't look down or up." As they climbed, Crash saw boxes and smashed them for the easy access to the gem. As they scaled further up while smashing boxes, Crunch slipped on a slippery rock and almost lost his balance. "Woah, Oh no, oh no!!" he shouted as he almost fell. The gang rushed to him and saved him in just a nick of time. "Guys!!" Crunch said as he looked at the ground below and the sky above, "I looked down and up!" Soon, they all pulled him to safety as he sighed in relief. Then he hugged them all as he said. "Wooh!! Thanks guys, that was close! Is there any way I can repay you?" "Stop trying to crush our spines?" Jake said as he was squeezed by the hug. Then Crunch noticed his hug looked like it was squeezing the life out of them. "Oops, sorry," he said as he let them go, "Don't know my own strength." "Don't mention it Crunch, we're just glad you're okay." Coco responded.
As they continued to make their way up, they continued into a cavern. As they were walking, they were unaware that a spot in the cave led to an unexpected surprise. Jake stepped on a rock, when suddenly the ground beneath him gave way. "What the?" Jake said as he fell through the hole, "AHHH!" "Jake!!!" Coco, Crunch, Aku Aku, and Tawna shouted while Crash shouted in gibberish with horror. Polar yipped while Pura meowed in terror at what just happened. Jake soon landed on a rock waterslide which carried him into a secret secluded area. As he slid, he went from screaming in terror to screaming with fun and excitement. As he made it to the end, he looked from the hole. "Guys!!" Jake shouted, "Can you hear me?" Coco soon put her ear to the hole and heard Jake. "Guys. he's alright!!" The rest of the gang sighed in relief while Crash looked at the hole with her. "Jake, we hear you!" Coco shouted back, "Are you okay buddy?" "Yeah, I'm alright!" Jake answered but then looked around his area not knowing what to do next, "Only one problem though......what the heck do I do now?" "You want us to come down there sweetie?" Tawna asked. "I don't know," Jake answered, "I'm not sure where this tunnel is gonna lead me." "Hang on Jake," Aku Aku responded, "I'll go with you down there." He turned to the rest of the crew. "Keep going and keep each other safe," Aku Aku told them, "I'll do the same with Jake." Crash nodded while Coco said, "Okay Aku Aku." "Hey Jake," Crunch called to him as the mask floated through the hole, "You and Aku Aku watch yourselves down there." "Sure thing Crunch!" Jake responded, "You and the others watch yourselves up there."
As Aku Aku and Jake traveled though the secret tunnel, Jake broke many boxes and cleared the path of giant crabs and other enemies while Aku Aku lead the way. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew was scaling the waterfall while Crash broke boxes and took care of enemies as well , all while they were careful not to stumble or fall. As Jake and Aku Aku finally made it near the end of the secret tunnel, the two noticed something truly extraordinary. They slowly approached and looked at what appeared to be a shining gem, but it was red in color. "Jake," Aku Aku said, "You discovered a special hidden gem!" "Wow," Jake said in awe while also looking like the gem was hypnotizing him, "This gem is so beautiful, I didn't know these were also red too." "Yes Jake, but they're not just red as well," Aku Aku said as he was beholding the red gem, "They also come in a variety of other shapes and colors." "Really?" Jake said, "Like what?" "I'll tell you after my child," Aku Aku, "I have a feeling we'll be finding more of these on our quest." As Jake took the red gem and put it in his backpack, the two pressed onward. They were soon happy and relieved as they saw there was a light and opening at the end.
As they made their way out, the two soon saw that Crash and the rest of the gang made their way towards them. Crash soon saw the two and his smile grew bigger than ever as he saw them. Shouting in gibberish, he rushed over to Jake and gave him a big hug. Returning the hug, Jake said, "Crash!! I'm so glad to see you!!" Aku Aku smiled at this moment. "Jake, you made it!" Coco said as she joined the hug. Polar nudged Jake and licked him in the face while Pura rubbed against him affectionately. Tawna soon joined the hug and said, "Aww, Jake I was so worried about you!" Smiling, Crunch went over and fist bumped Jake saying, "I gotta hand it to you Jake, you're one tough kid!" "Thanks guys," Jake said, "I couldn't have done it without Uncle Aku." Aku Aku nodded and smiled at this while the rest of Team Bandicoot smiled back at him. "Ooh, check out what I found down there!!" Jake said and showed them the red gem he found. "Nice one Jake," Coco said giving him a high five while Crash gave him a fist bump. "A trooper and a treasure hunter," Crunch added, "Who would've thought?"
As they reunited, Crash saw one of what they were looking for: a power crystal. As they made a grab for it, they group was close to the top as Crash smashed the last box and the gem appeared in front of them. Crash and Jake grabbed the gem while they held the crystal and Jake's red gem while approaching the next crystal and gem totem. As they put them all together in their slots, the crystal and gems glowed while the totem glowed like before. Then Crash did his signature dance while Jake almost did the same. "You're getting there Jake," Aku Aku said with a smile and a wink, "You're getting there." Then they pressed onward. As they all walked past the totem, they went further up as they scaled the falls, not realizing someone was waiting for them at the top. Seeing and realizing they were close, the first of Cortex's henchmen, Ripper Roo, maniacally laughed as he got ready. He had the crew in his sights, and this time, he was ready to blow them up!
Jake (c) Me
Crash Bandicoot (c) Universal Interactive Studios